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Pierre leads the Noetic Society Parmenides study group through another morning of study. Lately we've been taking a break from the Parmenides, going through Proclus' Theology of Plato(*) instead, in order to see how Proclus lays out the 14 orders of gods implied in the Parmenides.
Today we read Book 3, Chapter 15. (We delve a little into Chapter 16 but we will start that one over next time.)
[NOTE: My apologies, everyone.. Proclus (at least here, in the Theology of Plato) has been working my last nerve. I really don't see what he's doing, and if I had to capture what I see at all, I'd just say, "He's all over the place.." Pierre admits Proclus is in this work being more of a "conversationalist" than a "philosopher". So I guess what we are doing is trying to mine as many gems from this rather haphazard mine, as we can, and put up with the lack of definitions, and inconsistencies, etc. But, the upshot is that it makes it very hard for me to decide even what points to put in any brief notes, because I have really lost so much attention/interest. Yet, there are wonderful quotes in here (mostly things Pierre says!) Even so, I just don't have it in me right now (maybe other things I'm going through, as well..) It's all I can do to even just give you time-stamps for the paragraphs we read. Blech. Hang in there, if you can. Hopefully you don't have the reaction I do. -JS]
Pierre also lets us take snapshots / photo-copies of 2 of his pages of hand-written notes regarding the order of the Mundane Gods, from his copy of the T.o.P. (the book that Rod Wallbank made for him by hand.) These are diagrams 2 and 3, downloadable as JPEGs 2 and 3 of the Download Options section of this page.
Pierre, Barbara, Regina, David, Eldar, JulieH, JeffS
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